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EU regulators remind Google what compliance with privacy law means (again)

A group of European privacy regulators has sent Google suggestions for complying with EU data protection rules. As Reuters reported Friday, the Article 29 Working Party wrote to Google CEO Larry Page to remind him that, you know, the law is the law. Various national regulators have already fined Google ineffective amounts for privacy violations, and Google received a draft of the guidelines in July. The recommendations are therefore very familiar: Have a clear privacy policy that tells people in plain language what Google does with their data and why, make sure users consciously opt in to having their data mixed and matched between services, and so on. Chance of compliance without heftier fines enabled by new legislation? Zero.